Santo! : Varieties of Latino/a Spirituality

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  • Copyright: 4/1/2012
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By 2050 an estimated 100 million Americans will claim Latin origin. Thus, an understanding of Latino/a spirituality is essential to understanding religion in this country today and in the future. This book provides insights into how Latinos and Latinas, including Protestants, Catholics, followers of other religions, and secular practitioners, participate in the pursuit and practice of the spiritual or "holy"-santo. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Edwin David Aponte is a research professor of Latino/a and Latin American Christianity in the Center of World Christianity at New York Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian Church USA minister, he is a co-editor of Handbook of Latina/o Theologies and co-author of Introducing Latino/a Theologies. He resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Contexts for Spiritualityp. 1
Spirituality in the United Statesp. 1
Spirituality on the Marginsp. 7
Personal Voice and Placep. 13
Plan of the Bookp. 15
Santo and Spiritualityp. 19
What Is Santo?p. 19
Santo in Southwestern Piety and Artp. 24
Other Forms of Santosp. 27
More to the Storyp. 34
Santo: Beyond the Usual Expectationsp. 35
Expectation and Actualityp. 35
Latino/a Muslimsp. 36
Latino/a Buddhistsp. 40
Alternative Christiansp. 43
"A Different Kind of Hug"p. 46
Toward Definitions of Santop. 51
Latino/a Peoples and the "Holy"p. 57
What's in a Name?p. 57
Transnational and Historical Perspectivesp. 58
The Power of Namingp. 67
The Social Construction of Racep. 72
Latinidad, Multiple Consciousness, and Spiritualityp. 74
Rituals in the Passages of Lifep. 79
Marking Community through Ritualp. 79
Stages of Spiritual Developmentp. 81
Familia and Life Passagesp. 83
Birth of a Childp. 84
Quinceañera as Rite of Passagep. 86
Marriage and Partnershipp. 87
Passages of Deathp. 91
Days of the Deadp. 95
Conclusionp. 97
Rhetoric and Traditionsp. 99
Lo Cotidiano and Sacred Rhetoricp. 99
The Sacred Rhetoric of Prayer in Songp. 101
Rhetoric from the Marginsp. 103
Everyday Sayingsp. 107
Stories as Narrative Spiritualityp. 109
Sacred Rhetoric, Material Culture, and Latino/a Spiritualityp. 112
Rhetoric and Religiosityp. 114
Sacred Places and Spacesp. 115
What Is a Sacred Space?p. 115
Fixed Spacesp. 119
Home Altarsp. 124
Sacred Spaces on the Roadp. 126
Places for Mourningp. 130
Summaryp. 131
Exploring Spanglish Spiritualityp. 133
Living in Spanglishp. 133
Spanglish as Cultural Mixingp. 138
Recognizing Spanglish Spiritualityp. 141
Challenges and Promises of Spanglish Spiritualityp. 143
Appendixp. 149
Notesp. 151
Select Bibliographyp. 181
Indexp. 187
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